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Taxation and Market Power

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  • Konrad, Kai A.
  • Morath, Florian
  • Müller, Wieland

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We analyze the incidence and welfare effects of unit sales tax increases in experimental monopoly and Bertrand markets. We find, in line with economic theory, that firms with no market power are able to shift a high share of the tax burden to consumers, independent of whether buyers are automated or human players. In monopoly markets, a monopolist bears a large share of the burden of a tax increase. With human buyers, however, this share is smaller than with automated buyers, as the presence of human buyers constrains the pricing behaviour of a monopolist. Several control treatments corroborate this finding.

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  • Konrad, Kai A. & Morath, Florian & Müller, Wieland, 2014. "Taxation and Market Power," Munich Reprints in Economics 22170, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:22170
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    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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